Outsourcing project management and technical staff is a strategic tool for improving performance and managing cash flow in rapidly growing operating companies and in lean times augmenting staff for short-term projects without the need to add long term staff and the associated overhead. Outsourcing engineering projects is a means to bring specialized expertise and new ideas into an organization, freeing internal resources to concentrate on ongoing operations and core competencies, without a long-term increase in overhead. Through the application of best practices Project Management techniques, engineering project outsourcing can be a vital management tool for initiating technical innovation, expansion into new development or exploration areas, and gaining competitive advantage through intensive analysis of a specific problem.
Engineering outsourcing can be divided into two basic types: 1) Staff Augmentation, and 2) Project Outsourcing. The most common approach is Staff Augmentation, which involves locating an individual with the appropriate skill set and qualifications to fill a temporary position within an existing organizational hierarchy.
EEC has provided a range of staff augmentation or outsource solutions including project managers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, instrumentation specialists, CADD staff and project controls specialists. The duration of these assignments on site under the supervision of a specific client has been one week to multiple years.